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Twilight of the Idols or How to Philosophize with a Hammer / By Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). [Gotzen-Dammerung. English].


Translation of text, afterward, notes, letters, and appendixes by Daniel Fidel Ferrer, 2013.

Pages 1-156.


1. Philosophy. 2). Metaphysics. 3). Philosophy, German. 4). Philosophy, German -- 19th century. 5). Philosophy, German and Greek influences. I. Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900. II. Ferrer, Daniel Fidel, 1952-.



Table of Contents


1). Twilight of the Idols or How to Philosophize with a Hammer

(pages 3 - 80). Main text. Starting with Nietzsche's Preface.

2). Afterward Notes (pages 81 - 83).

3). Dedication and Acknowledgements (page 83).

4). Appendix A. Section on "Twilight of Idols'" from "Ecce Homo"

(pages 84 - 87).

5). Appendix B. Selections from Nietzsche's Notebooks and Letters

concerning "Twilight of Idols" (pages 88 - 93).

6). Appendix C. Select chronology of Nietzsche's life (pages 94 - 95).

7). Word index (pages 96 - 156).


The final German title: "Gotzen-Dammerung oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophiert". Written in 1888 in Sils-Maria, Switzerland. Nietzsche used this simplified title in a letter: in German "Gotzen-Hammer" or in English: "Idols Hammer".


Idols Hammer is Nietzsche's philosophy in a nut shell.


Nietzsche's letter:


To Georg Brandes, Turin, 20 October 1888. [Letter 1134]. Selected text.

"For my next release that will not keep you waiting too long more on themselves

(- the title is now: Twilight of the Idols. Or: How the hammer philosophized) I

would very much like also to you with so honorable words I presented Sweden

send a copy. I just do not know where he lives. - This style is my philosophy in a

nutshell - radically up to criminal..." (Diese Schrift ist meine Philosophic in

nuce — radikal bis zum Verbrechen. . .)


Selection from Nietzsche's book:

#8.

From the military school (Kriegsschule) of life. - What does not kill me makes me

stronger.


(Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens. — Was mien nicht umbringt, macht mich

starker).


[Translator note. This maxim (#8) is one of the most famous quotes from

Nietzsche. See the concept Kriegsschule' in Nietzsche's notebook of Spring 1888

18 [1]. A slightly different versions of this section is in one of the Nietzsche's

notebook and has this version of the maxim #8: "What does not kill us — that

bring us to that makes us stronger. II faut le tuer Wagnerisme."


English translation from French of the last sentence might be: "He must be killed, Wagnerism". Spring 1888 15 [118]. Complete text in German and French for the other version: ["Was uns nicht umbringt — das bringen wir um, das macht uns starker. II faut tuer le Wagnerisme"]. Notebook: Spring 1888 15 [118].


“Cultural impact: Nietzsche's original line "From life's school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger" has been referenced many times. G. Gordon Liddy, former assistant to President Richard Nixon, paraphrased it as "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." In that phrasing, it has appeared in many places, including the opening of the film Conan the Barbarian (1982), Kanye West's song "Stronger" (2007), and Kelly Clarkson's song "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (2012). Marilyn Manson, in his song "Leave A Scar" (2009), paraphrases Nietzsche to make a different point: "whatever doesn't kill you is gonna' leave a scar." Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth recorded an album called “Twilight of the Idols in 2003.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_of_the_Idols




Translation finalized February 2013 for:

Twilight of the Idols or How to Philosophize with a Hammer



By

Daniel Fidel Ferrer


Year 2013
Language English
Collection opensource

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